Water for People

Rating: 4.33 stars   6 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 6666 W Quincy Ave Denver CO 80235 USA

Mission: Founded in 1991, Water For People is a Denver-based private, nonprofit international humanitarian organization that supports the development of sustainable safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The thing that sold me on Water For People is they are in the business of making the communities where they work NEVER need another NGO ever again. That is real development, and that is why I support them.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I saw a negative comment on here of 1 star and I wanted to make a statement to clarify that they are actually a LEAN organization and nowhere near a 1-star status. My cousin works for Water For People and she talks so highly of the organization that when I was looking to donate to a worthwhile organization I started doing my research on them, and I can say it, they are a GREAT transparent and accountable organization. They have never gone over 19% of overhead (Management and fundraising expenses). In fact, in reviewing the 990 from 2009 (which the 1-star comment refers too) they actually only spent 17% on overhead expenses. Even more, Water For People’s comment states they actually had 150 employees in 2009, I would say that many employees getting paid out of $3million alongside other management and fundraising costs… and with the impact they had in 2009 and continue to have in the places where they work…. Um, I would say THAT IS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION and a FIVE-STAR status.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

In response to Robroy, I am sorry you must have misunderstood the form, and it is something to be carefully read. Your facts may be inaccurate. This organization has fervently been helping and building itself to get crucial water for peoples of countries and areas that do not have the luxury of tap water at hand for the majority of us, or a quick stop at the convenient store for a bottle, or freely put on tables at restaurants, many of do not even drink! I suggest you watch "The Flow of Water" and rethink and reread this document. See how a major corporation who manufactures many of the products you probably consume, has bought so much land the water comes from in many regions of India, then charge them for it. India makes no money on this. Water for People is NOT a corporation and is of a humanity base. Strictly out of compassion and love for humanity. We should all be like this. Please read again and see it all deeper. I have seen the passion of Water For People.. Thank you.

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Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This organizations recent (2009) Form 990 indicates that about $3 million goes to salaries, for an organization with 5 employees, out of their $8 million revenue. Something doesn't make sense here. Simply the fact that about 38 cents of every $1 of revenue goes to salaries in the organization is concerning- why the high overhead? And for only 5 employees? Where is the $3 million in salary & compensation going? This organization needs a full and transparent audit before I even consider donating.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Explain to the public why they consume $3 million for salaries out of $8 million in annual revenues.

Water For People has about 150 employees throughout 10 countries. Not sure how the miscommunication was caused, but we completely welcome any questions about costs and compensation. Transparency is of utmost concern for us. Please check out the 2010 990: http://www.waterforpeople.org/assets/pdfs/financials/2010-form-990.pdf. To contact us, please email info@waterforpeople.org. Thank you

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Around the world, developing countries are littered with broken down wells and abandoned latrines. Clean water and safe sanitation are truly compelling needs. However, it does little good to meet these needs if systems quickly break; if girls have to return to a life of carrying water, and babies are again dying from preventable waterborne illnesses. Water For People goes beyond just counting how many people have services that first year. It places greater emphasis on how long those systems last—if they are truly sustainable in future years. Our family foundation has made several major gifts to Water For People. Our due diligence has revealed a well run, transparent, and honest organization However, the key differentiation is that their monitoring and evaluation results are compelling. The tangible proof of sustainability shows that our funds money and time are well invested.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Blyantyre, Malawi West Bengal, India Kigali, Rwanda

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Last spring I was fortunate to visit Uganda. While there, I had the opportunity to visit some of the rural communities where Water For People is working with local groups to provide safe water and sanitation. It was truly moving to see the respectful manner with which Water For People staff worked with the local community members. But even more moving was seeing the impact that clean water and sanitation had on the lives of people in the community. It really does change lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

rural communities in Uganda, where people now have access to safe water and sanitation for the first time ever.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've learned a tremendous amount about the impact of safe water and sanitation -- safe water and sanitation is the foundation for good health, better education, and more jobs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous, dedicated, smart, respectful and creative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save lives! Over 6000 people a day die from lack of safe water and sanitation...Water For People is helping to develop sustainable water solutions in developing countries all over the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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